The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Happy Friday! Today on the Majority Report Michael Brooks is joined by Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of the Jacobin and author of the new book The Socialist Manifesto, and comedian David Feldman, host of The David Feldman Show, to recap the week's biggest stories. Bhaskar Sunkara calls in from his book tour to discuss his road to becoming one of the country's leading socialist thinkers and why he believes Americans are waking up to democratic socialist thinking in 2019. Brooks and Sunkara explain Marx and Engels efforts to expand the democratic franchise through unionization and organized workers parties which helped paved the way for what we now understand as democratic socialism. For all its successes, however, Sunkara concedes that socialist governing systems have suffered bureaucratic mismanagement, racism, and civil unrest; understanding the missteps of social democratic governing can help informs progressive Americans before capital mounts its inevitable arguments and fight against it. Moving to 2020, Brooks and Sunkara consider how Sanders can channel the anger of voters in a productive way that Trump cannot, but also wonder if Sanders' economic populism could engage more voters than Biden's voting-out-of-fear campaign.

David Feldman then joins the program to discuss his "principles" and why in 2020 it's all about defeating Trump. While providing healthcare, food security, and government oversight are important things, the most important thing "in principle" is that we unit behind the candidate most likely to defeat Trump. Feldman says the threats of a inter-party circular firing squad and democrats staying home on election day are real and must be avoided at all cost. Additionally, Bernie is not reaching out to the middle class white males like Biden and cannot match Middle Class Joe because the former VP is just that, a middle class white male. While half the country doesn't have $500 for an emergency, Feldman understands, as a middle class man, who has experienced tragedy, that we start reaching out to the middle class and and then reach out to others from there. Feldman ends his interview explaining why it's important to take the advice of Rob Reiner in every aspect of your life.

And in the Fun Half: Ben Shapiro gets triggered by UK conservative Andrew Neil, Lula's first interview from prison, TP USA has to remove another white nationalist from its leadership ranks, and a trip to the Bernie archives from his first House election, plus your calls and IMs!

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Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism

On today's show: Fox News contributor says cartoons, children's books and movies are "merchants of socialism."

Sam speaks with Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski, authors of The People's Republic of Wal-Mart: How the World's Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for SocialismAs we move through late capitalism, major multi-national companies are held up as the ultimate expression of free-market capitalism, but Phillips and Rozworski argue that the Walmarts and Amazons are the best centrally planned economies in the world. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic.

On the fun half: UK Momentum: "You are a socialist" ad. Kentucky Fried Comrade on why Nate Silver sucks so much now. Corbyn says why there must be a Labor Brexit, not a Tory Trump Farage Brexit. Mike Hanna: World reacts to Iran's decision to abandon parts of nuclear deal. Pompeo criticizes Bernie and Corbyn on Venezuela. CT Rep. Joe Courtney explains the Stop & Shop strike and why it's important for the right to organize. Delta union busting ad targets gamer union members. Trump reacting to supporters' call to shoot migrants: "only in the Panhandle!" Trump's rallies in battleground states are "fun."

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The MR crew breaks down the news.

On today's show: Trump's taxes show over $1 billion in losses. Fox and Friends' Ainsley Earhardt is impressed by all the things Trump has done in his life; Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's losses as "smart business." "Heartbeat" abortion ban passes in GA. 11-year-old rape victim in OH will be forced to carry pregnancy to term due to "heartbeat bill." Time to break some laws? Nancy Pelosi tells WaPo Trump is making himself "self impeachable." Jerry Nadler says we are currently in a constitutional crisis. US threatens new sanctions as Iran withdraws from part of nuclear deal.

On the fun half: Seth Meyers asks Meghan McCain if people need to be more careful in their critiques of Ilhan Omar. McCain's husband Ben Domenech blasts Seth Meyers on Twitter. Dave Rubin claims he never said Stefan Molyneux was part of the political center. Except in this video from 2016. Comedian Nick Di Paolo apologizes for giving the finger to dead Black Lives Matter activist Muhiyidin Moye in promo image, brags about trending on Twitter the same day as Sandra Bland. Sam spills the tea on Di Paolo, plays a clip of his appearance in "Beat Cops" (2003). Bernie Sanders takes Duke Cunningham to task for saying "homos in the military" in 1995. Uber driver explains need for strike in Bernie Sanders ad. Grover Norquist falsely claims the Trump tax cuts are popular, sputters about lower corporate taxes and utility bills.

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Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss the recent wave of teacher strikes in red states.

On today's show: Trump retweets Jerry Falwell Jr.'s call for Trump to get two years added onto his term as "reparations" for Mueller.

Journalist Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc), author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers' Strike Wave & Working-Class Politics, joins us to discuss teacher strikes in red states. The forces that touched off the WV teachers' strike. How the weakness of unions in red states created an opening for more radical actions. The impact of the "education reform" movement of the early 2000s. How WV's history of labor militancy inspired the strikers. The ripple effect created in other states. The numerous misdeeds of the WV Democratic Party. Social justice unionism and the relationship between striking teachers and the community. How the same ethos could be applied to other fields like nursing. How successful have the strikes been? How the strikes have changed the electoral landscape for 2020.

On the fun half: Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade defends Trump's relationship with black athletes like Tiger Woods, Mike Tyson...and Ben Carson. Militia leader James Russell Bolton caught impersonating Mexican drug kingpin to grift his followers. Mnuchin refuses to turn over Trump's taxes to Congress. Sandra Bland's family calls to re-open investigation into her death after new footage surfaces. Angus King tells CNN of his concerns over John Bolton's desire for war with Iran. Mike Pompeo tells Arctic Council in Finland about the opportunities presented by the melting of the ice caps. Fox & Friends suggests Bernie is skittish about the "socialist" label, has Stuart Varney define it for them. Nobody wants to buy Milo's throne chair.

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The Washington Post's Dave Weigel (@daveweigel ) joins us from the campaign trail.

On today's show: Dennis Prager of Prager U says there's hardly any racism anymore except anti-white racism.

Dave Weigel joins us to share updates from the campaign trail. Despite being touted as the front-runner, Joe Biden has not drawn crowds as large as Bernie Sanders. The un-sorted, non-ideological character of rally attendees so far. How the idea of "electability" is driving voter preferences. How Bernie's presence in the race has caused other Democrats to pursue strategies not centered on economic populism. The lack of enthusiasm for the idea that we can get rid of Trump through impeachment.

On the fun half: Gorka goes on C-SPAN, says MBS is far better than Maduro and the Khashoggi killing wasn't as WaPo presented. Caller calls out C-SPAN for having on a known grifter and propagandist. Are Macron's policies in France the fault of Germany? Ro Khanna addresses concerns about a messy transition for healthcare workers, says wages will go up as a result of m4a. Mike Pompeo calls China's Muslim concentration camps "re-education camps," accuses host of "ticky tack" in pointing out he fudged the numbers. John Kelly joins board of Caliburn International, the for-profit company that runs the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in South Miami-Dade. Bernie responds to Biden calling himself "the most progressive" in the race. Bernie explains why he favors sweeping overhaul of healthcare system, addresses issue of wait times for popular doctors. Larry Kudlow does an ad for the economy. Twitch streamers mock Dave Rubin's refusal to debate Sam.

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Digby (Heather Parton) (@digby56) and Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for Casual Friday.

On today's show: Mike Pence says Trump guarantees government will never penalize anyone for their religious beliefs again. 2015: Trump calls for total halt of Muslims coming into the US.

Heather "Digby" Parton of Salon.com joins us to discuss the Mueller report. Why claims of "there's nothing there" are premature. Chris Coons asks Barr if campaigns should inform FBI if foreign intel agencies offer them dirt. Kamala Harris grills Barr. Chris Wallace says Fox opinion shows will spin Mueller as nothing to see. The various issues around impeaching Trump.

Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) join us for some good, old fashioned trash talk. The crew parses more tweets from Dennis Miller. Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore wonders why CNN is all the sudden so hostile to him. Joe Biden likes Dick Cheney, thinks he's a decent man. Elizabeth Warren tweet on her territorial relief act policy proposal. Tommy Robinson gets milkshaked. McKayla Wilkes: Steny Hoyer challenger. Oglala Sioux Tribe tells South Dakota governor in letter that she is "not welcome" on reservation.

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Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left

On today's show: Meghan McCain says felons should not vote, terrorists should get death penalty.

Professor Ben Burgis (@BenBurgis) joins Michael Brooks to discuss his new book, Give Them an Argument: Logic for the Left. In this book, Burgis warns against leftists' dismissal of the right's "logic bros" and offers basic understandings of formal logic and informal fallacies which will strengthen progressive arguments in the political discourse. By reclaiming logic for the left, we can expose the ahistorical character of the right's arguments, win people over, and set the tone for healthy discourse in our own spaces.

On the fun half: Economist Jeffrey Sachs: US sanctions have devastated Venezuela and killed over 40,000 since 2017. Guaido calls for military help in Venezuela. Trump is so bored with Venezuela, calls Maduro "tough." Kamala Harris asks Barr if Trump admin asked him to investigate opponents. Chris Matthews' great virginity metaphor on Trump's call for special privileges in investigations. Beto makes the cool guy no fossil fuel pledge. Nazi Jovi Val gets triple-egged in Union Square! Ilhan Omar says those who attack Muslims also attack Jews...she will speak out against both.

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Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America.

On today's show: Barr misleads Charlie Crist about awareness of Mueller team concerns about letter. Chris Van Hollen asks Barr (after he received Mueller's letter) if Mueller supported his conclusion.

Journalist and author Robin Marty (@robinmarty) joins us to discuss her new book, Handbook For A Post-Roe America. Between state-level restrictions and the possibility that Roe v Wade could be overturned, abortion will soon be illegal in some or all of the US. But according to Marty, Roe getting overturned could actually result in increased engagement around thie issue. In this book, she goes over the ways regular people can fight back against anti-choice policy, from making it an issue in the run-up to 2020, to participating in underground networks that help people get the care that they need. This future is neither distant nor hypothetical, so we need to start organizing now.

On the fun half: Stephen Moore "apologizes" for racist public housing joke about the Obamas. Stephen Moore admits he shouldn't have said men should be the breadwinners for the American family. Alyssa Milano says defeating Trump is the most important thing in 2020. 2011 Mulvaney says we can't afford to curb debt and deficit. The MR crew gives their opinions on reparations. CA bill would end childhood poverty; visit www.endchildpovertyca.org to join the fight. Pompeo says Cubans are intervening in Venezuela, will hold Venezuelans enacting violence "accountable." Pompeo says Russia kept Maduro from leaving Vz for Havana. How should progressive candidates approach pro-lifers?

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Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States.

On today's show: Ben Shapiro claims Ilhan Omar is just as anti-Semitic as white nationalists. Quebec mosque shooter was reading Shapiro and other right-wing figures' tweets before the attack.

Daniel Immerwahr  (@dimmerwahr), an associate professor of history at Northwestern University, joins us to discuss his new book, How to Hide An Empire: A History of the Greater United States. 19 million US nationals live outside the US proper, but they don't have the same rights as US citizens. Looking at the history of places like the Philippines, which saw an attack nearly as deadly as Pearl Harbor in WW2, the Guano Islands, which the US annexed for fertilizer, and Puerto Rico, where an American Dr. Mengele named Cornelius Rhoads ran rampant in the 1930s, Immerwahr reveals a story of colonial domination that is swept under the rug to this day.

On the fun half: Ro Khanna speaks against US involvement in the coup in Venezuela. Stephen Moore claims his writings against gender pay equity legislation from 2014 are not a problem. Joe Biden's campaign slogan is "Make America Moral Again" but he doesn't support Medicare-for-all. ALS sufferer Ady Barkan, speaking at m4a hearing, says healthcare must be a human right. Bernie compares his labor record with Biden's after Biden claims to be "a union man." Katie Porter explains Trump wants it both ways in investigations: he'll claim executive privilege or private citizen privilege when it suits him. Chase shames poor customers for #MondayMotivation.

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We are back live! The MR Team presents you with the news.

The MR team is back in action after its annual spring hiatus with a steaming bowl of news. Sam breaks down the Joe Biden 2020 campaign rollout which quickly turned into a stumble after his non-apology apology to Anita Hill, using Heather Heyer's death as the central point of his announcement video, and a surrogate's cynical attempt to diminish Elizabeth Warren's track record as a tough financial regulator.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren's debt cancellation policy proposal looks like it would have a positive impact on the economy if implemented. And Sam closes out the fun half explaining the Mueller Report, its findings, and the problem with only seeing the Mueller Report through the lens of a media critique.

And in the Fun Half: Trump's opposition towards oversight, Dave Rubin is getting his comeuppance online and we're definitely here for it but Dave just wants to get back to ideas, Trump is back on the stump and he's spinning lies faster than ever, She the People and Bernie Sanders, the alleged hackings in Florida elections and how to respond to its politics, Obama's role in the 2020 election, Buttigieg's response to why he fired a popular black police chief in South Bend leaves a lot unanswered, plus your calls and IMs!

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Direct download: 4-29-19-Sam_Seder-Pub.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT